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Why do you need an RFID Wallet, Secure Sleeve®, or Secure Badgeholder®?

Well over 200 million credit and debit cards now have RFID technology embedded into them. Millions of hotel room keys contain RFID. All US Passports issued since October 2006 also have RFID chips in them. The chip contains all the data that is on the first page including your photo. A growing number of states (New York, Michigan, Washington, Vermont) are now issuing special driver’s licenses “enhanced” with long range RFID chips. And if that weren't enough hundreds of millions of people carry transit cards and work ID cards that contain them as well. For a quick overview see the infographic.

What is RFID and how does it work?

RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, is the technology that lets you simply wave your credit, debit, transit, identification card, passport or license in front of a nearby scanner instead of having to slide the magnetic stripe through it. It’s a fairly simple concept. The electronic scanner sends a signal which is received by an antenna embedded into the card, which is connected to the card’s RFID chip, thus activating it. Unfortunately, criminals with minimal technical skills can construct their own clandestine RFID readers with a few simple supplies. These devices can steal your private financial information quickly and silently—all the perpetrator needs to do is come near your wallet with the hidden card reader. And the worst part is the cards don't have an off switch.

Does my credit card have an RFID chip?

If your card has PayPass™, PayWave or Blink, indicated by a logo or a radio wave signal on the front or back of the card, then it definitely has an RFID chip embedded in it. The absence of any logo or symbol, however, does not mean that your card does not have an RFID chip. As these cards are becoming widespread you should protect your cards to ensure that you do not fall victim to identity theft. These types of cards also have RFID chips embedded in them.

How You Can Guard Against Electronic Pickpocketing?

The most import step is to make sure you guard your RFID enabled cards against unauthorized RFID readers. Many credit cards contain RFID chips that record your personal information, so if you do not use a secure wallet, identity thieves can obtain your credit card data using hidden RFID readers.

Protect yourself now.

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